A manager (a little higher than my direct manager in the food chain) who I worked with for 1 month ruined an entire appraisal result of mine, and nothing's stopping them from doing it again.

This score leaves me way below my peers, even though my outputs were superior than theirs.

I know for sure that all the feedback I received from rest of my peers was positive.

Is there a way to deal with this, other than leaving the company?

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    How sure are you that your peer reviews were positive and that your manager is leaving due to this senior manager's behavior? Higher output doesn't necessarily mean better rating. What does the senior manager have to gain by sabotaging you someone who is much lower on the food chain? It just seems to me there is a lot of possible hearsay in your description.
    – jcmack
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 20:04
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    I took the liberty of editing your question to try to make it on topic. For the now-removed extra question you were asking, see How long is too long of an unemployment gap? and Why is quitting without having a new job lined up seen so negatively by employers? Also, if you think there's no way for you to grow in the company with your manager gone, that alone might be a reason to find another job. Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 20:07
  • Did you get to see the reviews to actually know what they said?
    – paparazzo
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 20:28
  • @jcmack 100% sure I for a matter of fact know my numbers, think of it as I've seen my numbers before and after, and the gain you say he's trying to shift the blame as that project did not go that well. I am not much lower I work at a startup and he's like a level 2 manager to me Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 21:44

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Is there a way to deal with this, other than leaving the company?

Yes there is. You could ask this person his reasons for scoring you the way he did, so you can learn in what aspects you could improve or adapt.

Perhaps your did an excellent job according to your peers, but upper management may have a different view or important aspects to consider when scoring a project that you could have missed (and your peers as well).

Try scheduling a meeting with this person, or go to their office when you see they are available and ask him. Best case, this person realizes they indeed scored you lower that you should have, and correct the mistake. If not, you now know what things to change so next time you get a better score.

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    and then update your resume, and prepare to leave Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 20:47
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    If this was based on a limited past experience what makes you think manager will change their opinion?
    – paparazzo
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 20:49
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    @RichardU still would be wise to prepare and, if the problem seems without solution, start job hunting
    – DarkCygnus
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 20:51
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    @paparazzo exactly because of that. This was a single incident, and OP didn't mentioned past situations like this. The manager could still change or this could have been a misunderstanding from his part. We would need to know more past experiences to be able to conclude that the manager surely won't change
    – DarkCygnus
    Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 20:52
  • Thanks for your feedback @DarkCygnus, To be honest I don't think anything would change, the manager has quite a reputation of being an a**hole. And as for the job change I did have a few offers, and my linkedin is usually filled with recruiter inmails, but I was planning on taking a break this company has literally drained me out of my will to work. Commented Oct 29, 2018 at 21:37

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